5 Drugstore Dupes for Expensive Highlighters

The highlighter trend has swept the makeup world off its feet, and it’s very clear that the trend is here to stay

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The highlighter trend has swept the makeup world off its feet, and it’s very clear that the trend is here to stay. With almost every makeup brand creating their own highlighters, it can get a little expensive trying out shades, especially if they fall into the high-end or luxury category. We’ve put together a list of drugstore dupes for high-end highlighters, in order to keep you and your wallet happy!

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold

Maybelline Molten Gold

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Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey highlighter has gotten very popular in the past few months, despite it being out for a few years now. Gilded Honey’s golden hue is perfect for a decadent, sun-kissed glow. However, Maybelline’s Master Chrome highlighter in Molten Gold is a perfect (if not one-to-one) dupe for the Laura Geller $26 highlighter. The Maybelline highlighter is as pigmented and buttery as its high-end counterpart, and it’s only $9.99 at your local Ulta. Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter, Utla, $10.


Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money


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Colourpop is a popular online-only brand on the forefront of high-quality yet affordable makeup. Their line of Super Shock Highlighters are no exception, as they are just as rich and blendable as any high-end or luxury brand. BECCA is well known for their amazing Shimmering Skin Perfectors, yet the $38 can be off-putting to some. Colourpop’s Super Shock Highlighter in the shade Lunch Money is a great, affordable dupe for BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. Not to mention, the Colourpop one blends out just as nicely as the BECCA one does. The only downside is that it’s only available on their website. Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money, Colourpop, $8.


L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice

L'Oreal Ice

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Liquid highlighters are great choice for summer, because of their blendability and natural look on the skin. NARS’ Illuminator is a popular choice among makeup artists for its high pigmentation and ability to glide smoothly on the skin. However, many shy away from this product because of the $30 price tag. The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice is a great drugstore dupe for the NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, one of their most popular shades. The L’Oreal liquid highlighter is buildable, easy to use, and blends well, just like the NARS one. And for the price, it can’t be beat. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Iluminator in Ice, Ulta, $13.


L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter

L'Oreal Magic Lumi

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Not into shimmer and are looking for a more natural highlight suitable for everyday or the workplace? Light highlighter sans glitter is perfect for that. However, the most popular one on the market, YSL’s Touche Eclat, is $42! Fortunately, the L’Oreal Magic Lumi highlighter is an exact dupe, down to the formula, packaging, and application. This drugstore highlighter contains no glitter, instantly covers dark circles, and illuminates the face for a fresh look. The brush applicator makes it even easier to apply –simply blend out with your ring finger and you’re done! L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter, Ulta, $13.


Milani Baked Bronzer in Soleil

Milani Soleil

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MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish has been around for ages and comes in a variety of colors that add a touch of glow to the face. However, Milani’s Baked Bronzer in the shade Soleil is a great dupe for the super popular MAC shade Gold Deposit. In addition, Milani’s Soleil is perfect for darker skintones as it is golden and gives a subtle glow to the cheekbones. Available at almost any drugstore, this dupe is sure to make you look radiant this summer! Milani Baked Bronzer, Target, $8.


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